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Hunting, Research, and Management

LDWF manages the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource through sustainable wild harvest and alligator farming.

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LDWF licenses Nuisance Alligator Hunters across the state to capture nuisance alligators and minimize conflicts between alligators and humans. These hunters capture and remove more than 1,000 nuisance alligators every year.

Alligator Management

LDWF manages the American alligator as a commercial, renewable natural resource. Through LDWF’s extensive research and wise management that includes sustainable wild harvest and alligator farming, Louisiana’s wild alligator population has increased from less than 100,000 to more than 2 million in the past 50 years. There are also nearly 1 million alligators on farms in Louisiana. LDWF also ensures compliance with international alligator trade requirements and manages Louisiana’s nuisance alligators. LDWF’s alligator management program is recognized internationally as a wildlife conservation success story and a model for sustainable use; the principles of this program have been applied to managing crocodilian species worldwide.

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Alligator Meat

Alligator meat has a very mild taste and is a versatile substitute in recipes calling for veal, chicken, and most seafood. Choice cuts of meat, primarily the tail and jaw, can be readily used in any recipe. The body and leg meat can be just as tasty with just a little extra preparation and special recipes. Alligator is also low in fat. Find out more about alligator meat cuts, preparation tips, and recipes.

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Alligator Industry Contacts

The industry contacts list linked below includes licensed alligator industry participants who partake in the lawful purchasing and selling of alligator products. Please note that this is only a partial list which includes participants who have expressed their desire to have their contact information shared with the public. We provide this list to facilitate use of this valuable renewable natural resource. 

We also provide lists of alligator retailers and tanneries.

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Alligator Hide Care

The rugged hide of the alligator is used to make some of the most elegant and expensive leather products in the world. Quality is a must to any customer willing to buy alligator products that cost several hundred to several thousand dollars each. A commitment to quality must start with the trappers who harvest the alligator and must be shared by the helpers and processors who skin the hides. Follow our alligator hide care tips to ensure proper care of your alligator hides. 

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Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council

Comprised of three alligator farmers, three coastal landowners, and three alligator hunters, the Council works within LDWF to promote sustainable use of Louisiana's alligator resource and to ensure wise management of the species and its habitat. The Council, through the International Alligator and Crocodile Trade Study, monitors worldwide trade of all crocodilian species. A Council representative attends Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meetings and works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate and document trade so that it remains legal, sustainable, and verifiable.

The Council maintains lists of alligator farmers and ranchers, buyers and dealers, tanneries, and retailers, as well as information on alligator meat and hides.

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